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May 12, 2017
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Vixen 

It doesn’t really matter what name is used – 'brainstorming', ‘blue-sky thinking’, ‘visionary reflection’, ‘thought showers’ etc. – the purpose is the same: deliberately taking time out from normal work routine to think about ways of solving an intractable business problem or perhaps how to realise an untapped commercial opportunity. As an established Corporate, Business, Conference and Event Photographer I have photographed more team-building sessions than I would like to remember. The basic routine is always the same. A mentor guides delegates through the process of collectively solving specific problems facing the business or organisation they work for – often, it has to be said, with mixed results. The maxim seems to be that the whole is not always greater than the sum of the parts! In a previous work incarnation before I became a full time photographer I attended many corporate away-days where, usually at great expense, a management consultancy was brought in to facilitate ‘thinking outside the box’. I suspect most people cringe at the language that has become endemic in such situations. Apart from ‘to punch a puppy’ (which for the uninitiated means to do something detestable but good for the business) my other favourite un-favourite corporate speak is ‘to peel an onion’ (meaning to examine a problem in detail). I don’t know about you but I find myself quietly screaming at the use of such gobbledegook to the extent that the only problem I want to solve is exactly how to stem this ceaseless flow of impenetrable jargon.

It’s about this time of year that I switch my own ‘thinking time’ from running to paddling on the river. Whilst I run all year round (essential to burn off all the delicious goodies I taste when shooting Food & Drink Photography), I generally only kayak during the summer months. Blissfully, there’s never a management consultant, mentor or business guru in sight. Of course, we’re lucky in that we have an accessible river. At 143 miles (making it the fourth longest in the UK) the Great Ouse is a gem of a river. My favourite stretch is between our village pubs: exactly a mile apart on the river path but well over two miles apart on the river due to meandering curves. I should point out I don’t often visit the pubs as the best time to be out on the river is early morning. In fact, I often start the day with a paddle before heading off to a shoot. Somehow being out on the river allows you to think without really making the effort to think. To a large extent this is due to the peaceful environment. I have watched ‘Vixen’, a small wooden cruiser submerged close to Holywell, silently disintegrate over the years. I honestly don’t know why the Environment Agency haven’t removed her or why the owner didn’t salvage when she was first washed downstream in a winter flood. One positive is that the local wildlife has taken full advantage. Moorhen and coots nest in her, kingfishers perch on her and shoals of fish shelter in her hull.

Finally, in case you are wondering the image was taken on a smartphone. Although I have never gone close to capsizing I daren’t risk the dSLRs on the river!

   
     

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